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Tokyo Olympics Declared Closed, Seven Medal Winners From India

BP World Bureau | Aug 09 2021 12:38:47 PM
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TOKYO, JAPAN: IOC chief Thomas Bach declared the Tokyo 2020 Games closed. He also called the event "the most challenging" because of the year-long delay due to the pandemic. 

The International Olympic Committee president told athletes that the most precious gift they can get during this difficult time is hope. 

India has won the highest medal tally yet with seven medals across different events. 

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India's seven medal winners are; 

1, Mirabai Chanu won a silver in the women’s 49kg weightlifting category. 26-year-old Manipur-based athlete picked a total of 87 kg in the snatch part of the event and ended with a lift of 115 kg in clean and jerk.

She is also the second woman to win a medal for weight lifting after Karnam Malleswari, who won bronze two decades ago.

2, Ace badminton player PV Sindhu became the first Indian woman and only the second Indian athlete, after Sushil Kumar, to win two individual Olympic medals. 

She won the bronze medal. Prior to that, she won silver during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Sindhu told the media that she will try her luck at the World Championships.

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3, Lovlina became only the third Indian pugilist to ensure a podium finish at the Olympic Games after Vijender Singh (2008) and Mary Kom (2012). She won the bronze medal. 23-year-old won the first Olympic medal in Indian boxing in nine years.

4, Ravi Kumar Dahiya became the second Indian debutant to win a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after competing in the men’s 57kg freestyle wrestling.

5, India men’s hockey team claimed the bronze medal when they beat Germany 5-4. Goalkeeper Sreejesh's performance was particularly lauded. Indian women's hockey team made it to the semi-finals after defeating Australia but lost to both Argentina and Great Britain. 

Vandana Katariya scored a hat trick during the match against South Africa. 

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6, Wrestler Bajrang Punia defeated Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov in the men’s 65kg freestyle wrestling playoff to claim the bronze medal.

7, Neeraj Chopra made history with his men’s javelin throw gold at Tokyo 2020. He is India’s second individual Olympic champion after Abhinav Bindra. He is also independent India’s first Olympian to win a medal in athletics/track and field. 

India had sent its biggest-ever contingent to Tokyo Olympics with 126 athletes across 18 sports disciplines.